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The One, The Only

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THE UNIVERSAL POST: THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE


04/23/19
Your Daily Jizzlamic Bullshit Rationalization Excuse From The Dhimmi Media

Sri Lanka Bombings Were Revenge For NZ Mosque Attack

Really? Well in that case nuking Mecca, Medina, Tehran, and Jakarta into glowing craters is a valid revenge for 9/11 and the 1972 Olympics

Sri Lankan’s defense minister on Tuesday said a ‘preliminary investigation’ indicated that the Easter Sunday church bombings by a radical Islamist group were retaliation for the New Zealand mosque attacks last month.

Ruwan Wijewardene, a junior minister for defense, cited a preliminary investigation and said the deadly Easter Sunday bombings that resulted in 321 deaths and more than 500 injuries, was revenge for the “attack against Muslims in Christchurch,” Reuters reported.

The Associated Press said he made the comment without citing evidence or explaining where the information came from.

Last month, a heavily-armed shooter mowed down Muslim worshippers during a Friday prayer, massacring 49 people in two New Zealand mosques on March 15 while broadcasting a horrific live stream of the terror attack.

Sri Lanka’s leaders wrangled the aftermath of an apparent homegrown militant attack and massive intelligence failure, security was heightened Tuesday and the military was employing powers to make arrests it last used when the devastating civil war ended in 2009.

Faith leaders cited by AP said the suspected leader of the little-known militant group—National Thowfeek Jamaath—began posting videos online three years calling for non-Muslims to be “eliminated.” The bombers were all Sri Lankan, but authorities said international ties were suspected.

“We do not believe these attacks were carried out by a group of people who were confined to this country,” Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne, according to Reuters. “There was an international network without which these attacks could not have succeeded.”

I wish the pussified world would stop making excuses for jihad, as if we deserve their retribution. And I wish they would stop the Small Picture worldview thing. It’s all connected, all across the world. There may or may not be a central voice that gives the orders, but there is one hell of a discussion network, a supply chain, and a funding pipeline. It’s a gigantic octopus, and the West ignores it and downplays it at our peril.

And stop fooling yourself with this “radical islam” nonsense. A radical muslim wants to kill you. A moderate muslim wants a radical muslim to kill you. Big diff? Not really. So wake up and smell the cous-cous.



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04/22/19

Wow, home run.

On Passover, thoughts on slavery, ancient and modern

The worst slavery is of the most insidious kind. It leaves the slave able to think and act, but not as a free man. It leaves him with cunning, but not courage. He is able to use force, but only to bring other slaves into line. And most hideously, this state of affairs seems moral and natural to him. This is his freedom.
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The Exodus is not the story of the emergence of free men who were enslaved, but the slow painful process by which slaves became a nation of free men, a long troubled journey which has not yet ended. That is why we celebrate Passover, not as an event of the past, but as of a road that we still travel, a long journey from slavery to freedom.
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There are far too many synagogues that worship the Democratic Party, rather than G-d, that bow to the ghost of FDR, the glittering echoes of Harry, Adlai and John, and the great golden statue of Hope and Change squatting obscenely over it all. And in Jerusalem far too many eyes look longingly to Washington and to Brussels, to the cities on the hill which offer order, truth and peace.

It is easy to slip into this kind of slavery.
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The slavery of the present is a more subtle thing. It grips the mind more tightly than the body. It still remembers that men enslave themselves best. It knows also that true power comes from making all complicit in its crimes so that they are also complicit in their own degradation. The system only asks that each man enslave himself and kill his own children. And once he has done that, he will only feel it right to demand that everyone else do likewise.

Go read the whole thing at Sultan Knish.


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Oops I did it again


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The batons I made for Easter dinner got gavoned up in a snap. So I made another batch today, using the bannetons instead. This time I paid strict attention to the volume of the rise, not the clock. This is hybrid dough, so it has a double dose of yeast, which means it rises like a rocket. These loaves were bulk fermented and then proofed just about right. I’ve got a moderate open crumb, a nice tall loaf, decent gringe, and a crisp crust that could almost stop a hatchet. Inside the texture is soft and slightly firm, not at all gummy. The flavor is a little bit milder than yesterday’s bread because I used a lot of starter and had to feed it last night. That cuts the acid level somewhat. If I put the starter back in the fridge for a week it will be super potent once again.

The dough got 2 minutes of low speed kneading in the stand mixer, then 5 minutes of high speed kneading. Slap slap slap slap. When the bulk ferment was done and I’d portioned the dough, each loaf got a few more stretch and fold turns before going into the bannetons. The moisture level was just right today, so I hardly even had to dust the countertop with flour to turn out the dough.

All in all, I’m chalking this up in the WIN column.


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04/21/19



Happy Easter !!

May you have a wonderful and joyous day as you embrace the miracle.

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Bunny Lore link

Yup, they’ll even mess up the Easter Bunny. Feral animals.


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OK. The dough is also risen. Well, it’s on the way. I made up a nice kilo of hybrid bread, and it’s just started the bulk ferment. Not sure how I’m going to form the loaves yet. Maybe a baton and boule? Two batons? Or a banneton loaf and a baton? We’ll see. Anyway, it looks good right now, and plenty of kneading has made the dough super smooth. There’s plenty of sourdough starter in it for flavor, and a full measure of my super yeast, so it should rise up fast. It’s in the proofer, set to 83°F for half an hour, then I’ll turn it down to 80°F for another hour. Hand knead things a bit more, shape the loaves and let them come back for another hour. This will give me plenty of time to get things cleaned up, and to have some yummy Easter candy for breakfast. OK, I’ll probably make some eggs and sausages too.

100gm whole wheat flour
400gm bread flour
200gm fed sourdough starter
15gm salt
7gm active yeast
1 tbl white sugar
350gm warm water (100°F)

In a medium bowl, add the dry yeast to the starter and then add the warm water. Stir until the starter dissolves.
Whisk together the flours and the salt in your big mixing bowl.
Mix it all up in a stand mixer using the bread hook. Let it sit 15 minutes, then knead for 5 minutes or until the dough is smooth and elastic.
Let it rise 90 minutes in a warm place, then knead it a dozen or so turns, then cut the dough and preform the loaves. Fold and stretch the dough by hand to try to get as much surface tension as possible. Support the loaves in a banneton, a greased bowl, a couche, whatever and let them rise another hour.
Score the loaves just before going in the oven. Bake in a 450°F oven, using steam if you can for the first 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 425°F and bake another 10 - 25 minutes, checking on them every 5 minutes.


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It’s time for a global crusade. Not just a victory, but an absolute purge. These people can not and will not coexist with anyone. And if you doubt for a millisecond that this isn’t global jihad in action, then you are a benighted fool.

207 Dead In 6+ Suicide Bombings In Sri Lanka, Churches And Hotels

More than 207 people died and hundreds more injured after six nearly simultaneous explosions struck three churches and three luxury hotels in and just outside of Sri Lanka’s capital on Easter Sunday. They were followed hours later by two more blasts.

A spokesperson for the Sri Lanka police said 207 people died and 450 injured in the series of blasts – marking the bloodshed as among the worst since the South Asian country’s 26-year civil war ended a decade ago.

Multiple fatalities – including nearly a dozen foreigners – resulted among worshipers and hotel guests. With a curfew imposed, police conducted a search operation on the outskirts of Colombo, where that the latest of eight blasts took place.

Defense Minister Ruwan Wijewardena, who described the attacks as a terrorist incident and blamed religious extremists, said Sunday evening that seven suspects have been arrested. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said he feared the violence could trigger instability in the country and its economy.

The first explosion occurred around 8:45 a.m. local time, with the deadliest appearing to be at St. Sebastian’s Church in Negombo, a city about 20 miles north of Colombo. Other attacks occurred at St. Anthony’s Shrine in Colombo and Zion Church in the eastern city of Batticaloa. The three hotels – the Shangri La, Cinnamon Grand and Kingsbury Hotel – all in Colombo are frequented by foreign tourists.

The other two blasts occurred in Dematagoda, where the occupants of a safehouse apparently detonated explosives to prevent arrest.

An official told the Associated Press that at least two of the church blasts were believed to have been coordinated attack carried out by suicide bombers.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for Sunday’s blasts.

“The United States offers heartfelt condolences to the great people of Sri Lanka,” U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted in part early Sunday. “We stand ready to help!”

I wonder if Fwance is still trying to pretend that the Notre Dame blaze was an accident? Or the one at Saint-Sulpice a month before that? Or the roughly two churches per day that get burned or vandalized there? And in the rest of Europe?

This is all out war being waged against Christianity, all around the world wherever there are muzzies. And perhaps with the assistance of their godless commie allies the insane Left.

A manager at the Cinnamon Grand said the attacker there set off the explosion when the restaurant was full, after queuing for the breakfast buffet.

The terrorist checked in under a false address and name - Mohamed Azzam Mohamed - saying he was in Colombo on business, and was just about to be served when he set off the explosives strapped to his back.

The manager said: “There was utter chaos. It was 8.30am and it was busy. It was families.”

When the Hell are people going to wake up, put their foot down, and drop the hammer?


UPDATE: The war is not just against Christians. That’s obvious, but often overlooked. We “people of the book” are in this together.

Arson And Desecration At Largest Russian Yeshiva On Passover

World Zionist Organization (WZO) Vice Chairman Yaakov Hagoel responded to the arson fire set at Moscow’s Torat Chaim yeshiva during a Passover Seder on Friday. According to the Interfax news agency, the fire was set in a storage area for kosher meat and swastikas were drawn at the yeshiva’s entrance.

“The anti-Semitic arsonists do not want to allow Diaspora Jews true freedom,” Hagoel said. “This serious incident at the Torat Chaim yeshiva in Russia’s capital is another red light in the righteous fight in the war against anti-Semitism and terror in Europe.”

“I call on Russia’s President Putin, a true friend of the State of Israel, to help and protect the Jews in his country, so that they are able, specifically, to proudly fulfill the holiday’s commandments, and in general are able to fulfill the other commandments without fear.

“I support the Jewish community in Moscow and hope they will be able to continue their work faithfully, without fearing such instances. I wish them a happy and kosher Passover holiday.”

No one was injured in the blaze.



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Happy Birthday Queen Elizabeth

She’s 93 today, and has been the longest reigning monarch in English history.

She ascended the throne February 6, 1952 on the death of her father, although the formal coronation was not until June 2, 1953, the same day that the news that Sir Edmund Hillary had conquered Mount Everest on May 29 reached the world.


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04/20/19


French Yellow Vests: Don’t Spend Money Repairing Notre Dame! Give the money to us poor!!!

Seriously? This is exactly what the blacks were saying in the 60s during the Space Program.

There will always be more poor. There is only one moon, and there is only one Notre Dame.

French yellow vest protesters set fires Saturday along a march through Paris to drive home their message to a government they believe is ignoring the poor: that rebuilding the fire-ravaged Notre Dame Cathedral isn’t the only problem France needs to solve.

Like the high-visibility vests the protesters wear, the scattered small fires in Paris appeared to be a collective plea to French President Emmanuel Macron’s government to “look at me — I need help too!”

Police fired water cannon and sprayed tear gas to try to control radical elements rampaging on the margins of the largely peaceful march, one of several actions around Paris and other French cities.

The protests marked the 23rd straight weekend of yellow vest actions against Macron’s centrist government, which they see as favoring the wealthy and big business. Protesters view themselves as standing up for beleaguered French workers , students and retirees who have been battered by high unemployment, high taxes and shrinking purchasing power.

But violence and divisions have marred the movement. Associated Press reporters saw a car, motorbikes and barricades set ablaze around the Place de la Republique plaza in eastern Paris. The smell of tear gas mixed with the smoke, choking the air.

Paris firefighters — who struggled earlier this week to prevent the 12th-century Notre Dame from collapsing — quickly responded to extinguish the flames at Saturday’s protest.

Masked protesters hurled paving stones and flares. Helmeted riot police repeatedly charged as they tried to contain the crowd. AP reporters saw at least two journalists injured in the melee. Troublemakers also ransacked at least two stores and one black-clad protester jumped on a parked Mercedes, smashing its windshields.

Paris police said authorities detained more than 200 people by early afternoon and carried out spot checks on more than 20,000 trying to enter the capital for the protest.

The violence contrasted sharply with the peaceful atmosphere at another march through Paris, where demonstrators mourned the Notre Dame blaze while also keeping up the pressure on Macron. They tried to march to Notre Dame itself, but were stopped by police a few hundred meters (yards) away.

And there will always be those who use a situation like this for looting and wanton destruction. Always.


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They must be doing something right. The media labels them as unlawful vigilante fascist white supremacist racists. And they arrested babies!!

In the middle of the night Tuesday, United Constitutional Patriots, an armed civilian group patrolling the U.S.-Mexico border in the Sunland Park area, detained more than 300 migrants who illegally crossed the border.

The group, who claim they are at the border to “uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America,” is patrolling the desert near Sunland Park searching for migrants.

In a video livestreamed April 16 on Facebook by one of the United Constitutional Patriots’ members, the group is seen detaining a group of about 300 migrants, including children. The video starts in the middle of the incident with U.S. Border Patrol vehicle and agents already at the scene.

In the video, the member repeatedly says, “This is an invasion … and it is never, never ending” referring to the large number of Central American migrants crossing into the U.S. to seek asylum.
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The American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico disagrees with the group calling their actions, “unlawful.”

In a letter sent to New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham and New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas, ACLU officials request they “investigate an armed vigilante group currently engaged in the unlawful detention of hundreds of migrants near New Mexico’s southern border.”

The letter states, “an armed fascist militia organization describing itself as the United Constitutional Patriots arrested nearly three hundred people seeking safety in the United States, including young children, near Sunland Park, New Mexico. Other videos appear to show arrests in the past few hours. The vigilante members of the organization, including Jim Benvie, who posted videos and photographs of the unlawful arrests to social media, are not police or law enforcement and they have no authority under New Mexico or federal law to detain or arrest migrants in the United States.”

It continues, “Their actions undermine the legitimate efforts of our state’s law enforcement officials to keep New Mexico families safe and they erode community trust. The Trump administration’s vile racism has emboldened white nationalists and fascists to flagrantly violate the law. This has no place in our state: we cannot allow racist and armed vigilantes to kidnap and detain people seeking asylum. We urge you to immediately investigate this atrocious and unlawful conduct.”



What USA Today and nearly everyone always forgets, especially those in power, is that the police and the federal government do not have exclusivity here. They are merely acting as agents for the people. You can’t “take the law into your own hands” because it has never left your hands.

And the border patrol is overwhelmed. If tens or hundreds of thousands of armed citizens went down there to keep an eye on things, there would be a whole lot less illegals getting across. Just make sure you’ve got video recordings. So if (when) some of it goes to Hell and some beaners get shot, there will be video evidence that it was in self defense.

But the media is pulling out all the stops, using at least 6 derogatory names for these patriots. That tells me they’re doing the right thing.


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A Good Finish

We won 7-0 last night in the final week of Cheap League rotation. No we have two weeks of the finals, and then it’s over. And then two weeks off until summer league starts.


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After 2 Years, Are You Numb Yet?

Pardon Me, Your Bias Is Showing

AP does an op-ed on the Mueller thing. Given some magically fallen approval polling numbers, and the relentless MSM, it seems like the AP is almost patting itself on the back for brainwashing as many people as they have.

Yeah, and Republicans who still support the President are gleefully enjoying watching him get away with stuff. Meanwhile the Dems want him impeached, even if he didn’t do anything wrong. And my take is that the AP is all for it.

WASHINGTON (AP) — For two years there’s been the drip-drip-drip of the Russia investigation and the tweet-tweet-tweet of President Donald Trump assailing it. Numb yet?

The slowly rolling revelations may have worked in Trump’s favor by diluting the impact of a damaging report by Robert Mueller laying out “substantial evidence” of the president interfering in a probe to protect himself. By now, people’s positions on Trump are largely locked in. As Kansas farmer Donn Teske asks: “Did it really take this report to point out the irony of this presidency?”
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The dawn of the Russia episode made heads turn. Revelations that Russia mounted a sophisticated effort to interfere in and influence the outcome of the 2016 election (favoring the Republican, to boot!), provided a “wow” moment. The prospect that the Trump campaign cooperated with Moscow’s machinations elevated the stakes, placing Trump’s presidency in peril.

Mueller’s report affirmed much of what was already known while offering plentiful new insights into how Trump acted on multiple fronts to contain the scrutiny of his behavior by prosecutors. But Mueller exonerated Trump and his aides of collusion with Russia while reaching no conclusion about obstruction of justice, pointedly declining to vindicate the president on that matter.

So where’s the “wow” now?

Americans are still absorbing the thick report. But at this point, it seems baked into the body politic that the president is something of a rogue cop.

“The country is both numb and actively rooting for Trump the way we rooted for Dirty Harry to violate a perp’s rights in the 1970s,” said scandal-management expert Eric Dezenhall, speaking at least of a big chunk of the public. “He was elected to do two things: to light the system on fire and to entertain.” And at least among his supporters, he offers the “sheer spectacle, the joy, of watching this guy get away with stuff.”




I just can’t take any more. I’m not surrendering, but I don’t want to hear another bit. Just get out the bats and beat heads. You want a revolution? Let’s have one.

There’s no middle ground. There can be no healing. That side is so wrong ,so oblivious in every way possible. The don’t have a clue. And they won’t ever shut up, learn, or change. What’s the point of debate, or even letting them run on in the background?

The only spectacle the people are enjoying is the masterful way that chess master Trump sits back, makes the tiniest of moves or statements, and lets the Dems blow themselves up again and again and again, showcasing for the world how wrong they are about nearly everything.


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04/19/19

I’m still sick, but I’m even more sick and tired of all the garbage on the news. A few examples of The Daily Stoopit.

Mueller Is A Slimebag
(actual news title “Mueller completely dropped the ball with obstruction punt")

Can we file this one under No Shit Sherlock and pay attention just for once about what a biased shill for the left Lurch here has always been?

In his report, Mueller didn’t resolve the issue. If he had been satisfied that there was no obstruction crime, he said, he would have so found. He claimed he wasn’t satisfied. Yet he was also not convinced that there was sufficient proof to charge. Therefore, he made no decision, leaving it to Attorney General William Barr to find that there was no obstruction.

This is unbecoming behavior for a prosecutor and an outrageous shifting of the burden of proof: The constitutional right of every American to force the government to prove a crime has been committed, rather than to have to prove his or her own innocence.

This is exactly why prosecutors should never speak publicly about the evidence uncovered in an investigation of someone who isn’t charged. The obligation of the prosecutor is to render a judgment about whether there is enough proof to charge a crime. If there is, the prosecutor indicts; if there is not, the prosecutor remains silent.

If special counsel Mueller believed there was an obstruction offense, he should have had the courage of his convictions and recommended charging the president. Since he wasn’t convinced there was enough evidence to charge, he should have said he wasn’t recommending charges. Period.

Anything else was — and is — a smear. Worse than that, it flouts the Constitution.

As if the Constitution matters to these people, no matter how high up the tree they are.

OK, this article isn’t really stupid; it’s actually pretty apt. But it’s yelling into the vacuum of deep space beyond the orbit of Neptune. No one will listen, and the endless “yeah but maybe, therefore probably equals guilty so impeach” diatribe will never end. All the queen’s horses asses and all the queen’s yes men couldn’t find even enough verifiable innuendo to file a single charge even if they knew it didn’t stand a chance. You got nothing. Get over it.

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Teacher made a mean ( ie true ) comment on stupid kid’s paper! Fire her!!!

EIGHT THOUSAND online signatures on a petition to remove this teacher, who taught a class of way less than 3 dozen kids.

SEVEN THOUSAND heated comments at just one of the news sites covering the story. And not a single one of them understands what a drill is. Not one.

A viral image of harsh feedback written on a second grader’s math assignment has prompted online petition to fire his teacher.

Chris Piland, whose son attends Valley View Elementary School in Pennsylvania, posted an image on Facebook Tuesday of his son’s math assignment with remarks allegedly written by his teacher that read, “Absolutely pathetic. He answered 13 in 3 min! Sad.”

“My son Kamdyn’s teacher has been so rude to him and myself all year he comes home with this and I am beyond frustrated that someone would write this on a childs (sic) work such great motivation,” Piland wrote on the post.

The post went viral and prompted an online campaign to have the teacher fired. As of early Friday, the “Petition to fire Alyssa Rupp Bohenek from the Valley View school district” has garnered nearly 8,000 signatures and has been widely shared on Facebook.

Rose Minniti, the school superintendent, said an investigation was opened after a meeting the teacher and the Valley View School District but cautioned that the outcome would be dictated by “the facts and evidence” rather than “social media.”

Funny, I remember 1st and 2nd grade math, and I remember being bored out of my skull with it, because I had a better grasp of numbers then than what the 5th graders had. Because my parents taught me. And it was fun and easy.

Do you remember chanting along with the class, memorizing the basics of addition and subtraction? “One and one is two. Two and two are four. Four and four are eight”.

Remember having to know the 12 times table? The 20 times table? 13 x 11 = 143, 8 x 7 = 56. And you had to know this reflexively. Not think it out and determine an answer. See it, know it, say it.

Does anyone remember flash cards? If you do remember them, how long did you get to answer? A half second? Less?

And this is what DRILL is all about. It’s not a test of your simple reasoning abilities. It’s a test of your memory, the concept being that with enough memorization the underlying theory becomes self-apparent.

So yeah, 13 responses in 3 minutes is pathetic. Especially since at least 2 of them are wrong. Real drill? 200 responses in 3 minutes. Easy if you know your stuff. And the kids have already had at least 1 1/2 years of it by the spring of 2nd grade. Plus all that advanced preschool learning stuff. And parental help.

Notice also the wording of the comment on “Kamdyn“‘s paper: “Absolutely pathetic. He answered 13 in 3 minutes. Sad. :-(” The teacher did not write “You answered 13 ...” . This comment was for the parents, and likely was never even seen by the child.

But reasoning plays no part online. Hells no. My precious perfect booboo booger breath was possibly indirectly mistreated, so dogpile the whole world on teacher and get her fired.”

Buddy, your kid is probably just as stupid, lazy, illogical, and arrogant as you are. Oh boo hoo, teacher hasn’t kissed your stinky ass all year either, so she’s mean. You Beta Loser.

Oh PS: “allegedly”. Yes, it looks like female handwriting. And it’s in EVIL red pen. OMG. OMFG.

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NY Yankees Throw Kate Smith Under The Bus

The Yankees have taken a stand against racism for their seventh-inning stretch.

For 18 years, Yankee Stadium regularly used Kate Smith’s 1939 recording of “God Bless America” in the middle of the seventh inning. But they ditched it altogether this season, replacing Smith’s rendition with different versions of the song. Why? As the Daily News learned, the Yankees were made aware of Smith’s history of potential racism.

Smith was a famous singer before and during WWII who recorded the offensive jingle, “Pickaninny Heaven,” which she directed at “colored children” who should fantasize about an amazing place with “great big watermelons,” among other treats. She shot a video for that song that takes place in an orphanage for black children, and much of the imagery is startlingly racist. She also recorded, “That’s Why Darkies Were Born,” which included the lyrics, “Someone had to pick the cotton. … That’s why darkies were born.”

Smith, who died in 1986, endorsed the “Mammy Doll” in 1939, which was based on a racist caricature of a black woman in the same vein as Aunt Jemima.

The Yankees are investigating these claims and there are some conflicting notions regarding the song “That’s Why Darkies Were Born,” in particular, because it was considered satire at the time and recorded with African-American artist Paul Robeson. Still, her shocking lyrics from 1939 are neither humorous nor ironic in 2019 — and the Yankees acted swiftly.

“The Yankees have been made aware of a recording that had been previously unknown to us and decided to immediately and carefully review this new information,” a club spokesman said. “The Yankees take social, racial and cultural insensitivities very seriously. And while no final conclusions have been made, we are erring on the side of sensitivity.”

Kate Smith died 33 years ago, probably well before the people getting all triggered were even born. The songs she recorded and the products she endorsed were all before WWII, which is before these snowflake’s grandparents were born. They have no idea at all what the world was like in those days. I don’t either, but people were tougher then. Thicker skinned. Rougher sense of humor. And it’s even acknowledged now that her songs even way back then were satire. Irony. Saying one thing and meaning another. You know, what the ‘flakes think they’re all such masters of? Yeah, no.

And for all I know - but I remember the fuss when I was young about the lack of Dollies Of Color, plus the whole Golly Wog thing in England since forever - so for all I know having a black doll, any black doll, was a step forward. Even if it looked like granny. I mean mammy. Who actually looked like a well fed version of a sharecropper in those days. No, pushing the mammy meme is nothing to be proud of, but that was EIGHTY years ago, and we’ve come so far since. At least we tried to, before the latest gen of leftest went nuts and tried to eliminate history.

So let’s damn a woman dead for more than a generation for some minor nearly unknown things she did 3 generations ago. And let’s scrap any semblance of tradition. Because old = bad and white = evil.

You know, Walt Disney was a Nazi, an eugenicist (at least after he was dead!), and an anti-Semite. He’s been dead for 53 years. Let’s tear apart the company and destroy every film and associated accessory they ever made. Because raycis hater!!!!!

Destroy the past because we don’t agree with it because we don’t understand it but we won’t make the tiniest effort to learn anything about it or find any context to put it in because we know everything because we’re 23 and our feelings based on no information at all are all that matters!!!!


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04/18/19

Say Goodnight Gracie Ann

Ann Coulter: I could support Bernie Sanders

Conservative columnist Ann Coulter said she could support Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) for president if he returned to this old stance on immigration.

In an interview with PBS ‘Firing Line’ host Margaret Hoover, Coulter said she doesn’t care about “the rest of the socialist stuff” if Sanders went back to his original “pro-blue-collar position.”

“the rest of the socialist stuff”. Oy vey.  Lady, your 15 minutes are long long over. Buh bye.

Yeah I know, she said “IF”. But it’s the “rest of the socialist stuff” she’s Ok with that has me rounding up her books here for a trip to the garbage dumpster.



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So I called 911.

I’ve never done that before. But when I saw brush fire going on for several minutes in the fields back behind the Edna Mahn women’s prison, I thought I’d better. Turns out that it was a controlled burn, with a permit. To get rid of piles of brush. I guess it’s a farmer thing. I didn’t know anybody could burn sticks and leaves and stuff anymore, permit or not. There was quite a bit of smoke, but it wasn’t going out onto the highway which is between me and the fire. The 911 people were very nice; I wasn’t the first person to call it in. They said people were there tending it. I couldn’t see them from my vantage point about half a mile away.

Welcome to rural Drew.

Hey, I grew up in suburbia. The powers that be stopped people burning their leaves way back in the 60s.


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Barr Release Mueller Report Today: Still Nothing, But Now With Extra Details Of Nothing
Running Scared: Top Dems Trash Him Ahead Of Time

Attorney General William Barr will lead a press conference Thursday ahead of the release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report into Russian effort to influence the 2016 presidential election and its ties to the Trump campaign.

Barr is expected to be joined by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. The release of the redacted report is expected later Thursday morning.

The decision to hold a press conference ahead of the report’s release sparked controversy among Democrats who claimed it was a move to shape the narrative surrounding the report. Some Democrats demanded Barr cancel the press conference.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer issued a joint statement calling on the attorney general to testify.

“Attorney General Barr’s regrettably partisan handling of the Mueller report, including his slanted March 24th summary letter, his irresponsible testimony before Congress last week, and his indefensible plan to spin the report in a press conference later this morning — hours before he allows the public or Congress to see it — have resulted in a crisis of confidence in his independence and impartiality,” they said. “We believe the only way to begin restoring public trust in the handling of the Special Counsel’s investigation is for Special Counsel Mueller himself to provide public testimony in the House and Senate as soon as possible.”

“The only way to begin restoring public trust”. What a crock. You mean, the public trust the Left had for Mueller for two solid years, elevating him to some kind of demi-god of righteous retribution?

Or is this the public trust they flushed down the toilet in half a heartbeat when the report came out and their masturbatory vengeance fantasy didn’t come true?

Or the public trust they instantly set out to destroy because Mueller and Barr actually followed the law, which limited what they could say and do?

Maybe it’s the public trust they want to restore by pitching a Spartacus fit, now demanding that Mueller testify when they knew two days ago that Mueller was going to be allowed to testify?

And when this falls to pieces, they’ll claim that significant bits were redacted improperly. And then they’ll move on to President’s Trump’s taxes. Because the IRS has been crawling up his butt for 7 years, and hasn’t even found anything worth leaking, much less charging or fining him over.

“D” is for Delusional, Dimwit, and Dumbass.

Update: Right on schedule (ie 10 seconds later), doubts about the redactions. This one from Europe!

Accidental or not, critics sensed that decisions on whether to properly or sloppily redact had been made as part of a political game.

Similar sloppiness did not reveal the deepest secrets of the Mueller report on Thursday.

Instead, the black lines across the report are likely to fuel suspicions and doubts - not only in the United States.

You see, it’s not a matter of protecting the innocent. It all politics. Just as there is faith anymore, there is no honesty anymore. Everything is false, everything is weaponized. Everyone lies as much as they can, all the time. Besides, if you automatically go that route, then you can hang on to your daydream forever. Reality need not ever intrude. Seriously, like this literally literally a case of reductio ad absurdum. Redactio ad absurdum?

Riiiight. Trump was guilty as Hell, it’s just that Mueller was paid off, Barr was Trump’s running dog, and the real findings were removed to protect him.

Uh huh. Sadly, there is no limit to that kind of belief. 9/11 was an inside job, the moon landing was fake, the earth is actually flat, the sun and solar system orbit the earth. “The truth is out there”, but only the wing ding tinfoil hat squads know about it. And the Men In Black are coming for them. In black helicopters of course.

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Some actual reporting from The Smoking Gun:

The version of the Mueller Report released this morning contains 855 separate redactions, the bulk of which appear in the section devoted to the Russian government’s actions to influence the 2016 election for the benefit of Donald Trump.

The redactions were made by Attorney General William Barr in the weeks after Special Counsel Robert Mueller provided him with the 448-page report on March 22.

The redactions range from single words and footnotes being blacked out to entire pages of the report being shielded. Of the total redactions, 730 appear in the report’s section examining Russian intereference in the last presidential election (and contacts between “the Russian government and individuals associated with the Trump Campaign").

Barr’s redactions cover four categories:

* Material gathered via grand jury proceedings
* Information that, if disclosed, could reveal sources and methods used by intelligence agencies in the U.S. and abroad
* Details that could affect ongoing criminal investigations
* Information that could infringe on the privacy rights of peripheral, third-party individuals somehow involved in the Mueller investigation



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Somebody was about to do something to some place


Man Arrested Entering St. Patrick’s Cathedral With 4 Gallons Gasoline And Lighter Fluid

NYPD Deputy Commissioner Miller: “It’s hard to say what his intentions were.”

AYFKM?

A man is in custody after he tried to enter St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York on Wednesday night with gallons of gasoline, lighter fluid and lighters, authorities said.
When a security officer at the cathedral stopped the 37-year-old man, he left the church and was detained shortly after by counterterrorism officers, NYPD’s John Miller said at a news conference.
The man, who is from New Jersey and is known to police, spilled some of the gasoline as the security officer stopped him in the church and forced him to turn around, Miller said.
“It’s hard to say exactly what his intentions were but I think the totality of circumstances of an individual walking into an iconic location like St. Patrick’s Cathedral, carrying over four gallons of gasoline, two bottles of lighter fluid and lighters is something we would have great concern over,” Miller said.

They had this guy on some kind of watch list. But all they’re saying is that he’s from Joisey. Hmm

I’m sure it was just some disaffected Amish youth protesting Trump’s “Christofacism”. Again.

WTFU people. WTFU.


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04/17/19


Sick Bunny went to the doctor

Amoxicillin Clavulanate, benzonatate, guaifenesin, and zicam. Guess I’m sicker than I thought. Hey, terrible cough, URI, and middle ear infection at the same time. Let’s see how all this works. I’ve read some of the webMD reviews, which are highly negative for nearly all medications, so I’m kind of expecting thunderous bowels and hallucinations. Proactively taking probiotics and live culture yogurt. 6 hours into it and I’m not coughing my fool head off every 20 seconds all day long. OTOH, I still can’t hear jack. Odd illness: if it wasn’t for the rich juicy thick cough and the deafness, I’d feel fine.

I cleaned and disinfected my BiPap machine. That can’t hurt either.

I want to be significantly better by Easter. I want to be stable enough so that I can do a few hours of light work tomorrow, and later stand on a step ladder safely. I’ve got to put another ballast in one of the lights for my Thursday night job.

To bed early then.


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Well how about that? Surprise surprise surprise!

OF COURSE it was arson, and you know damn well who did it. And this truth will be buried deep forever.

One of millions celebrating it, worldwide. Member of the Canadian government. Any statements out of our own elected jihadis?


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All measles, all the time. Gak.


With even more measles cases now, Rockland County tries again

NEW CITY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – A man on a trip from New York, who was unknowingly infected with the measles, traveled to Michigan and spread the virus to 38 other people, authorities said.

Meanwhile, Rockland County officials announced their next steps Tuesday in combating the measles outbreak. Threatening letters and hefty fines are part of the new tactics.

Rockland county is currently dealing with 186 confirmed measles cases. New York City has had 329 cases since October. In just the last two weeks, Westchester has confirmed ten cases.

Rockland residents are already getting knocks on the door and delivery of notices that say unvaccinated people exposed to measles must stay away from indoor and outdoor public places for 21 days or face $2,000 fines.

“We will restrategize at every opportunity regardless of what’s thrown in front of us. That’s just what we’re going to do,” Nassau County Executive Ed Day said.

County leaders believe a new order that’s more focused will stand up to legal challenges. It goes one step further in keeping people who are unvaccinated away from everyone else.

And the comments section is loaded with anti-vaxxers. “Oh, measles is nothing to worry about” ... until your child dies. The stupid is intense.


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04/16/19

Using the fire as a weapon

ISIS poster gloats over Notre Dame damage

The terrorist group ISIS is reportedly celebrating the destruction of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France that caught fire Monday.

The group referred to the fire that occurred on Holy Week as “retribution and punishment,” according to a poster obtained by The Daily Mail. The group spells out the words “Have a good day,” in big, Arabic letters. (RELATED: The Vatican Releases Statement On Notre Dame Fire)

“Its construction began in the year 1163 and ended in 1345. It’s time to say goodbye to your oratory polytheism,” the poster reportedly said.

The Daily Mail cites the Terrorism Research & Analysis Consortium in reporting the creation of the poster by the ISIS-affiliated group Al-Muntasir.
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A woman connected to ISIS was arrested in 2016 after allegedly plotting a terrorist attack on the cathedral. ISIS has repeatedly threatened and committed acts of violence against Catholic churches and landmarks, including the bombing of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in the Philippines in January that left 20 dead.

Huh. I thought just about everyone in ISIS was dead or captured at this point. But how many Christian churches have burned in Egypt, Nigeria, and France in the past few years? Often with their priests or congregations still inside them?



Not to be outdone, the Democrats quickly tried to make this into a metaphor to attack President Trump

Democratic Tennessee Rep. Steve Cohen compared the fire that ravaged Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris to President Donald Trump’s presidency.

While discussing the Mueller report during his Monday appearance on “Hardball with Chris Matthews,” Cohen went out of his way to draw the analogy.

“What he has done to the Constitution and the rule of law is as bad as that fire did to Notre Dame,” Cohen said. “He’s torching the entire structure of government and the people’s respect for it. And the Congress needs to act.”

The famous Cathedral has stood for 856 years, but it caught fire, of which the source has yet to be discovered, on Monday, drawing the attention of bystanders in Paris and national television. Many of the Sacraments and pieces of artwork in the ancient cathedral were able to be recovered in the wreckage.

Cohen has been a staunch critic of Trump. The congressman introduced articles of impeachment against the president in 2017 and has promised to do so again. While Cohen has not filed articles during the current Congress, he implied that he has sufficient cause to do so.

Let no crisis go to waste. And show no humanity or compassion to anything. Use everything as a weapon the attack our President.




SJWs and other terrorists celebrate the fire on social media

I’m not even going to link that one. Did you expect anything else from a bunch of deranged petulant basement dwellers?


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It must be Spring: we’re on bear alert here. One was spotted walking on the edge of the woods that run behind half the buildings here. Hide your kittehs, and watch out for your bird feeder!


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04/15/19

Notre Dame Burns

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A major fire has engulfed the famed Medieval Notre-Dame cathedral in central Paris, destroying the ancient timber roof, bringing down the central spire, and threatening the bell towers.

The cathedral was in the process of a period of restoration, and in the past couple of days has had sixteen bronze statues removed from the roof area in recent days to facilitate work. The fire appears to have started in the roof where work is taking place.

A catastrophic fire engulfed the upper reaches of Paris’ soaring Notre Dame Cathedral as it was undergoing renovations Monday, threatening one of the greatest architectural treasures of the Western world as tourists and Parisians looked on aghast from the streets below.

The blaze collapsed the cathedral’s spire and spread to one of its landmark rectangular towers, but Paris fire chief Jean-Claude Gallet said the church’s structure had been saved after firefighters managed to stop the fire spreading to the northern belfry. The 12th-century cathedral is home to incalculable works of art and is one of the world’s most famous tourist attractions, immortalized by Victor Hugo’s 1831 novel “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.”

The exact cause of the blaze was not known, but French media quoted the Paris fire brigade as saying the fire is “potentially linked” to a 6 million-euro ($6.8 million) renovation project on the church’s spire and its 250 tons of lead. The Paris prosecutors’ office ruled out arson and possible terror-related motives, and said it was treating it as an accident.

Flames shot out of the roof behind the nave of the cathedral, among the most visited landmarks in the world. Hundreds of people lined up bridges around the island that houses the church, watching in shock as acrid smoke rose in plumes. Speaking alongside junior Interior minister Laurent Nunez late Monday, police chief Jean-Claude Gallet said “two thirds of the roofing has been ravaged.” Gallet said firefighters would keep working overnight to cool down the building.

Late Monday, signs pointed to the fire nearing an end as lights could be seen through the windows moving around the front of the cathedral, apparently investigators inspecting the scene.

The fire came less than a week before Easter amid Holy Week commemorations. As the cathedral burned, Parisians gathered to pray and sing hymns outside the church of Saint Julien Les Pauvres across the river from Notre Dame while the flames lit the sky behind them.

French President Emmanuel Macron was treating the fire as a national emergency, rushing to the scene and straight into meetings at the Paris police headquarters nearby. Paris Archbishop Michel Aupetit invited priests across France to ring church bells in a call for prayers for the beloved Paris cathedral.

Deputy mayor Emmanuel Gregoire said emergency services were trying to salvage the famed art pieces stored in the cathedral.

As of 9pm Eastern, 3am Paris, the fire continues. While the French President has vowed to rebuild, there may not be much left when the fires finally give out.

This is being labeled as an accident, connected somehow to the restoration work being done up on the roof. But who was on the work crews?

And how is it that the greatest city in France did not have the fire fighting equipment to put this out? How is it that no sprinkler systems were ever installed? They’ve only had 800 years to do it. Or that, doing a restoration using melted lead going on to 1000 year old timbers, that there was no massive fire safety system in place both above and below the roof?

This is a terrible tragedy, the very heart of France ripped out, one of the premier symbols of Christianity nearly destroyed. How could there not have been preventative planning?


Hopeful Update: First reports are coming in that a large part of the inside is only lightly damaged, and that the buttresses and other parts of the exterior stones are Ok.


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04/14/19


MAGA? Trump Effect? Still not tired of winning? A bit of hope that the common people still have a bit of common sense?

Conservative Candidate Wins Wisconsin State Supreme Court Seat
Against Massive Media Smear Campaign Funded By Out Of State Money

Less than a month ago, conservative Judge Brian Hagedorn was a dead man walking.

As he raced against liberal Judge Lisa Neubauer for a seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court, the local press portrayed him as an anti-gay extremist and bigot. They called out the Christian school he founded for its code of conduct stipulating “no sex outside of marriage between a man and a woman.”

Never mind that this code of conduct is common practice at private religious schools across the country.

The Democrats seized on the moment. Outside money poured in from groups like Planned Parenthood and former Attorney General Eric Holder’s National Democratic Redistricting Committee, funding ads that portrayed Hagedorn as a radical. Meanwhile, Hagedorn’s biggest donor, the Wisconsin Realtors Association, demanded he return their contribution because his beliefs conflicted with the values of its members. Other traditional GOP corporate donors like the Chamber of Commerce ghosted him.

And yet somehow, the regular folks found this smear campaign disgusting. Good for them. Yay Wisconsin.

Finally, in the last week before the election, the Republican State Leadership Committee delivered a cash Hail Mary for Hagedorn. Their million-dollar ads prominently showcased President Trump as a booster of the conservative Supreme Court, saying he is “defending our rights, all thanks to your vote.” The ads also noted that extreme out-of-state special-interest groups were spending millions to back liberal Neubauer and “spreading false attacks against conservative, rule-of-law Judge Brian Hagedorn, just like they did against Justice [Brett] Kavanaugh.”

This reminder of Trump’s record on conservative justices, twinned with voters sympathetic to the issue of religious liberty, delivered a one-two punch.

Against all odds, Hagedorn won the state, including two Democratic-leaning counties, Racine and Kenosha — just like Trump did in 2016.

I read an essay at Medium this morning that was written by a neo-commie, writing about the differences between Marx and neo-Marxist Antonio Gramsci, and then trying to relate that to today’s world. The author feels that academia might have some leftward leaning, but that the media is still nearly all right wing. It was all I could do to get to the end of it, the stench from his delusional bullshit was overwhelming.

My hope is that the entire world has an Network moment, rising up and declaring “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore!”.

And psychotic tarbrush dirtbag politics is part of what we’re not going to take.


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In California This Is Offensive And Makes People Uncomfortable

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A Southern California police department is drawing both praise and ire for the new star-spangled logo on the sides of its patrol vehicles, according to reports.

The Laguna Beach Police Department in Orange County recently added American-flag-style lettering for the word “police” on the sides of the vehicles, the Los Angeles Times reported Saturday.

But local artist Carrie Woodburn told the Times the design was too “aggressive,” saying she felt it didn’t represent the community. Laguna Beach is a city of about 23,000 residents, about 50 miles southeast of Los Angeles.

“Folks thought it was a SWAT team, federal agents,” designer Chris Prelitz observed. “So it had a very striking, strong impact, so much so that I think there might be some unintended consequences.”

Councilman Peter Blake was surprised by the backlash. He told the newspaper some people were concerned the design might worry the area’s immigrants.

“People are actually ridiculous enough to bring up comments about our cop cars having American flags on them,” he said.

Even a flag-like motif is too much for some. Too aggressive Really? Maybe Laguna Beach should have used the Mexican flag. OTOH, if you’re offended by our flag, GTFO. I hear there are plenty of empty homes in Venezuela you can get for cheap.


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04/13/19

Another Boring Evening With The Clintons. Until ...

The opening of Bill and Hillary Clinton’s national speaking tour reportedly included a front-row heckler who labeled the proceedings as “boring” before being hauled off by security.

The New York Post’s Maureen Callahan, who paid $210 to attend the 90-minute talk, wrote about her experience watching “longtime Clinton lackey Paul Begala” launch “softballs” at the Clintons in what, in her opinion, turned out to be a “snoozefest.”

At least until “the most exciting moment of the night,” when “a man in the front row stood up and interrupted.”

“Bill, this is boring!” he yelled. As he tried asking his question — “Why don’t you talk about — ” Hillary immediately began talking over him, saying that the “important political conversations” they were trying to have could be difficult, especially when interrupted by such “agent provocateurs.”

“Jeffrey Epstein!” shouted the man.

Oh, the irony.

The heckler was, of course, swiftly hauled away, and the conversation returned to Bill talking about the good old days when he was president …

Billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein was convicted of soliciting an underage girl for prostitution in 2008 and served 13 months in federal prison. Bill Clinton famously took 26 flights on the registered sex offender’s private jet.



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Too many negatives. Just stop with the stops already

9th Circuit Stops Ruling That Stops Policy That Stops Asylum Immigrants From Getting In

Does this mean that the 9th is supporting the policy to park these people outside until they get the green light?

A federal appeals court on Friday temporarily halted a ruling that would have stopped the Trump administration from forcing asylum-seekers to wait in Mexico as they wait for immigration courts to hear their cases.

The decision by the three-judge panel on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals blocked a lower ruling from taking effect and gave civil liberties groups until Tuesday to submit arguments on why the asylum policy should be put on hold. The government has until Wednesday to argue why it should remain in place.

On Monday, a federal judge halted the change to the asylum system, saying it violated U.S. law by failing to evaluate the dangers to migrants while in Mexico. The suit was filed by 11 Central American asylum-seekers and advocacy groups who argue forcing asylum-seekers to wait in Mexico puts migrants risk given the uptick in violence there.

Of course it’s a load of nuggets. The President has the absolute power to set immigration policy by his say-so. Period. That’s one of his enumerated powers. Game over, shut up, go away. I am so tired of this game, everyone bouncing from one judge to another until they get their way.

And frankly, what happens to foreigners in some other country is none of our damn business and not our concern. The USA has no responsibility here, just because some migra declares he’s heading our way.

Maybe I’m wrong on what’s being said here. I get confused with too many negatives. Turn it into symbolic logic and apply De Morgan’s Theorem and some Material Implication. Maybe that will clear things up.

Personally, I think it’s a perfect idea to keep asylum seekers out until their case has been approved. Too bad if the case backlog is years long.

Personally, I think it’s time to seal the borders, shut down all immigration for 20 years, and use ICE, the military, the Guard, and all the guns and badges to round up tens of millions of illegals and get them and their spawn out of here. Deny that the anchor baby rule ever even existed.

Here’s your waterproof blanket, 3 gallons of water, a dozen MREs, and all the money you made here. Bye bye, good luck.



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Bowling Blogging: Is it over yet?

Last night was our final week of the rotation. The next two weeks will be the finals. I have no idea what place we’re in, it isn’t good, but I don’t think we’re at the bottom. Sadly, it sure seems like we have a team member who wants us to be there.

Joe shows up last night, and managed to mention at least three times during the evening that he’d rather be either fishing or at home. Gee thanks. Ok, the oil pattern on the lanes was a bit wide last night, so people who throw a big hook far to the outside had to adjust. He’s one of them, but he wouldn’t. Isn’t insanity defined as repeatedly making the same mistake and hoping for a different result? Yeah. Even when he threw to the inside and got strikes, the next time he was up he threw right back to the outside. At best this would get him 3 pins from the back corner.

In the course of 3 games, each 10 frames long, there is a possible maximum of 21 throws per game or 63 throws for the night. Joe threw 11 gutter balls, missed 8 simple spares, and a couple difficult splits. That’s nearly a third of the time.

We were playing the first place team, which is the people who run the league. They always win, nearly every year. They’re a “management” team, who bowl carelessly the first 5 or 6 frames, then suddenly come alive and throw lots of strikes so that they win by just a bit. So they beat us 7-0, as always, although they didn’t really have to do much managing last night. Joe was just too helpful.


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But of course!

One Dead Four Wounded At Funeral For Rapper

One person was killed and many more injured Thursday when someone opened fire at participants in the funeral procession for murdered rapper Nipsey Hussle.

Suspects in a grey Honda opened fire on the crowd, law enforcement said. Police have not yet revealed the names of the victims nor reported on any possible suspects in the shooting.

“We must stop this senseless violence,” Los Angeles Police Department Chief Michael Moore said in a statement, according to The Hill.

Nipsey Hussle was murdered on March 31, gunned down while standing outside his Los Angeles clothing store. He was 33.

Hussle’s death also sparked a peace movement among Los Angeles gangs. Police identified a man named Eric Holder as a suspect in the shooting and arrested him only a few days after the shooting.

Several celebrities attended a memorial on Wednesday for the Victory Lap rapper, including music legend Stevie Wonder who used the memorial service as a platform to call for stiffer gun control laws.

Yeah, more gun control. Because not a single firearm owned by anyone in this group is legal to begin with.

“Hussle” was gunned down outside of the strip mall he owned, and several others were shot in that altercation. The little strip mall exists behind a high chain link fence topped with razor wire and multiple CCTV security cameras.

When the community gathered there for a candlelight vigil the next day, mayhem ensued when someone pulled a knife. Several were wounded.

When they tried to bury him, shots rang out and now at least one person is dead.

Golly, this rapper guy was associated with a violent criminal gang. Who would ever expect violence when they got together?

Crivens, the reason doesn’t matter. Weddings, funerals, parties, concerts, sporting events, candlelight vigils, protests for peace, meetings to end senseless violence, sneaker sales, Black Friday. Damn near every time any of them congregate in groups, someone is going to die.

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04/12/19


Another little task around the village I did today. Pick up the litter from the side of the road.

I saw this thing lying there in the grass by the side of the main road from about 100 yards away. No, it couldn’t be. No way. Way!! I laughed so hard I almost wet myself. wtf. WTFF?? People are twisted.

NSFW, in a really big way. I bet it weighed 3 pounds. And with a suction cup!


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Stupid Article of the Day


“Who would have thought Micheal Avenati was a greedy porn lawyer?”

Well, duh. EVERYBODY.


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04/10/19

Still trying to understand the NJ school bus laws and figure out if I should do something

As a non-leftist, I have the greatest respect for the law, but I realize that every law has it’s limits, and that no law can cover every possible situation.

I had another “right on bus” situation up at the guard shack this morning. I am most emphatically NOT a crossing guard or school bus stop monitor. My job is to discourage too many non-residents from using our “private” road as a short cut. The most I can do is frown at them as they drive by.

The “T” intersection of our road with the public cross street is very flared. It’s more than 100 feet wide including the flared ends on both sides.

The school bus stopped this morning, a whole bunch of little kids got on. It always stops a bit less than halfway across the intersection, directly in front of me, so that the swing out arm on the front bumper is just left of the crack in the pavement that is the exact center. A woman in a white SUV comes up our street, mostly stops at the stop sign, and makes a right turn well ahead of the bus ( all the kids were on the bus at that point, and only the grandparents of the special needs kid [ always last one to board ] were standing outside the bus door ). SUV lady starts to go, bus driver blows his horn at her several toots. She’s dark Asian, I don’t know who she is or even if she lives in our development, or if she’s “FOB” a fresh immigrant who doesn’t know better. Whatever. She goes.

After my shift I went home and got my big measuring tape. It’s 43 feet from the crack to the nearest part of the right hand curve’s curb. Allowing for the width of her vehicle and for some distance from the curb, that’s still quite a bit more than the 25 feet that NJ law seems to specify. However, the law only talks about passing a school bus on various kinds of straight roads. It says nothing about cross streets or this kind of intersection.

Morally, I say you stop for the school bus. Legally, there has to be some kind of distance limit. You shouldn’t have to stop for a school bus that’s a mile down the road. You shouldn’t have to stop for a school bus that you’re pulling away from, if it’s quite a distance away. Especially if no kids are present.

I don’t like nebulous law. The NJ school bus passing laws carry some of the heaviest penalties of all our motor vehicle statutes. They should not be open to emotional interpretation.


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Some really bad news

Bacon Prices Set To Spike In UK

Swine Flu In China The Cause

The cost of pork products could start to rise significantly over the next few months after an outbreak of a disease in China. Procurement firm Beacon warned that the cost of meat has risen by nearly 40 per cent in the last four weeks, on top of an 18 per cent increase from February to April.

The rise is as a result of African swine fever hitting China and sparking a significant increase in demand from German and Dutch suppliers. China has turned to Europe to fulfill demand for bacon as half of farms are hit by African swine fever

The deadly viral disease was first detected in August last year and has spread across farms in East Asia. Ben Charles, of Beacon, said: ‘Brexit has been a driving force behind the price of pork throughout the first quarter of 2019, but the outbreak of African swine fever has mounted pressure on the market.

‘The current increased demand that faces European suppliers makes it increasingly likely that prices will continue to rise throughout the rest of the year. ‘Beacon will work closely with its leading suppliers to monitor these increases to ensure that demand does not outstrip supply and to mitigate price increases as much as possible.’

The outbreak in China has affected between 30 and 50 per cent of Chinese pig farms and has had a knock-on effect around the world. The World Organisation for Animal Health describes African swine fever as ‘a severe viral disease affecting domestic and wild pigs’.

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That’s right, blame the weather. It’s all that really matters.

AOC: Forget Crime, Poverty: Illegal Immigration Caused By Climate Change

Crivens.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., claimed climate change is a “major factor” of the global migrant crisis after earlier suggesting that the United States would have “blood on our hands” if legislation is not passed to tackle climate change.

“The far-right loves to drum up fear & resistance to immigrants,” the freshman congresswoman tweeted on Tuesday. “But have you ever noticed they never talk about what‘s causing people to flee their homes in the first place?

“Perhaps that’s bc they’d be forced to confront 1 major factor fueling global migration: Climate change.”

But for many migrants traveling from Central America, violent crime and extreme poverty are the driving forces of migration.

El Salvador has one of the highest murder rates in the world, due in part, to gangs like MS-13, which was started by Salvadoran immigrants in the U.S. and spread to El Salvador and other countries.

In Honduras, nearly two-thirds of the population, or almost 5.5 million people, live in poverty, according to the World Bank. Per capita income averages just $120 per month.



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This seems like a form of suicide, right up there with death by cop

Good Samaritan Murdered At Waffle House

Ezekiel Luke Hicks, 25, is suspected of killing Craig Arttez Brewer in the Newberry Road Waffle House in Gainesville.

New details have emerged from a shooting early Sunday morning that left one man dead inside of the Newberry Road Waffle House.

Alachua County sheriff’s deputies said 41-year-old Craig Arttez Brewer, who was killed at about 3 a.m. Sunday, had been paying for others’ food and giving out money to some of the restaurant’s customers shortly before his death.

The acts of kindness led to resentment from one female customer, according to the Sheriff’s Office, and that gave rise to an argument between Brewer and his alleged killer. Suddenly, a crowded Waffle House turned into a murder scene.

Ezekiel Luke Hicks, 25, is accused of shooting Brewer multiple times, at least once in the head, sheriff’s Lt. Brett Rhodenizer said.

Deputies believe the men’s argument started after a woman, who was at the Waffle House with Hicks, got angry because Brewer’s generous turn in paying for others’ meals didn’t include hers. Brewer had been picking up the tab for others’ food and handing out $20 bills.
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Deputies responded to the Waffle House early Sunday after employees called 911 to report it had reached maximum capacity but customers were refusing to leave, Rhodenizer said. They arrived to find Brewer with gunshot wounds to the head.

At 3 o’clock in the morning, on Sunday, the eatery is packed with people, who won’t leave, so 911 gets called. Near riot conditions?

Yep, this may as well be a suicide.


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04/09/19


Cannon-splaining. It’s like gun-splaining, only larger and with more hyperlinks.


Dutch F-16 Pilot Shoots His Own Plane, Lands Safely

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A Royal Netherlands Air Force F-16 pilot was forced to make an emergency landing in January after firing the aircraft’s 20mm rotary cannon and damaging it in the process.

The Military Times reported that “at least one round ripped through the jet’s exterior.” Munition fragments were also reportedly located inside the jet’s engine. The Netherlands Department of Defense called the incident “serious” and promised an investigation.

Popular Mechanics reported that the jet had considerable damage. There were no injuries.

The Dutch state broadcaster NOS has reported a Royal Netherlands Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft literally ran into its own rounds in January during an exercise over Vlieland.

According to the Dutch Broadcast Foundation, the incident occurred during the January exercise at the Leeuwarden air base, but information about it appeared only now. January 21, two F-16 fighter jets took off and opened fire on targets at the test site.

The pilot of one of the F-16 fighter jet aircraft had flown into his own stream of cannon rounds and later suffered considerable damage.

At least one fired round caused damage to the exterior of the aircraft. Parts of the munition also ended up in the engine.

Nobody was hurt during the incident. The pilot followed emergency procedures and was able to land the fighter jet safely at Leeuwarden Air Base.

The Netherlands Defense Safety Inspection is looking into how one of the aircraft was able to shoot itself. The inspection would also like to find out if aircraft crew or ground personnel was endangered during the exercise.

This story was released a day or two ago and is all over the place this morning. The report is deceptive, and a vast number of the comments show a lack of firearms and physics knowledge. May I offer some assistance?

Seen from the front, the nose of an F-16 is a rounded triangular oval shape. It’s narrow on top where the pilot sits, curves outwards and down to the extension of the leading edge of the wings that grows from the side of the forward fuselage ( a tiny bit like the bilge keels on a battleship ), and then is slightly curved but most flat across the underside. So it kind of looks like a fat arrow when you’re looking towards the pointy end. Or like the yellow Angry Bird from the video game, only a bit rounder.

The F-16 uses the M61A1 20mm Gatling Gun system from General Dynamics This is a 6 barrel machine gun, but only one barrel fires at a time, and that’s the one furthest away from the body of the airplane in the picture at the link. The 20mm round fires its projectile at 3450 feet per second, which is 2352mph. The warhead moves at this muzzle velocity plus whatever velocity the flying airplane already had, but the speed of the warhead relative to the speed of the plane is only the muzzle velocity. That velocity is enough to go 7 feet forward of the muzzle in just 2 milliseconds.  7 feet is probably about the length of the body of the nose of the airplane ahead of the gun muzzle, before the nose cone gets all pointy. This is not a big roomy aircraft. The pilot sits half out of the plane, more than half his upper body up inside the canopy. It’s like he’s sitting on a go kart. You have more room sitting in your bathtub, and more side coverage than he does.

Even if the bullet stream of the firing gun is only 6” from the side of the airplane, in order for the airplane to move sideways that much in under 2 milliseconds requires an instantaneous lateral velocity of nearly 8 Gs. Eight times the force of gravity, instantly. I don’t think that can be done. At least not without killing the pilot by snapping his head right off from the acceleration. So there is no possible way for the airplane to fly into the stream of it’s own bullets, whether by speed or by maneuver. So all those “faster than a speeding bullet” comments are flights of fancy (not to mention that the F-16 can’t fly as fast as these cannon projectiles anyway. 2352mph is more than Mach 3, the F-16 only goes Mach 2.

The gun system has to be securely mounted within the fuselage, but it also needs some slight adjustment so that the ground crew can aim the weapon to align it with the plane’s aiming software. Aside from the software part, this is nothing new. Ground crews have been aiming the guns of warplanes since 1914.
I suspect either parts fatigue caused some part of the aiming/mounting system to loosen or break. Or the gun was aimed improperly by the ground crew, but I’d bet against the system having enough windage range in it so that it could hit the airframe. For a billion dollars, you do get some level of idiot proofing. There is also a chance that some of the ammunition was defective. A “squib load” which is missing most of the gun powder or it’s damp or something, so that the round fires at a very low velocity, assuming the bullet even makes it all the way out the end of the barrel.

The Dutch did not release pictures of the entire airplane involved. All we see is two lateral dents ahead of the gun, one with a small chunk missing. All of this excitement went on above the wing root extension, on the upper side of the nose. We don’t know if there was significantly more damage further forward that we aren’t seeing. How any bits of shrapnel or airplane wound up in the engine is unfathomable. Can’t get there from here. Unless one of the shells penetrated the body ahead of the pilot, exploded, and blasted bits right through the bottom of the plane and into the air intake. In which case this pilot is very lucky to still be alive.

But the airplane did not fly into its own bullet stream. Period.

I know, I know, I took a simple story and chewed it up excessively. And the Dutch will probably never release the results of their inquest, other than to the General Dynamics folks. But this is not a case of pilot error or magical bullets and flying. It’s a badly aimed or broken gun or bad ammo. That’s all.


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04/08/19

Not So Super, Man

Smallville Actress Allison Mack Pleads Guilty To Racketeering Charges For NXIVM Sex Slave Cult

Former “Smallville” actress Allison Mack pleaded guilty in a Brooklyn federal court Monday to racketeering charges in relation to the cultlike group NXIVM.

Mack entered her plea shortly before jury selection was scheduled to start.

The trial was expected to detail sensational allegations that the group recruited sex slaves for its spiritual leader, Keith Raniere.

Prosecutors accused Mack of helping Raniere recruit women to a secret sub-society within the group.

Mack is best known for her long-running role on the superhero TV show about the early days of Clark Kent’s life. However, it was reported that she was heavily involved in the NXIVM organization shortly after authorities began making arrests. Mack allegedly got involved with the group when she was unhappy with her acting career. She reportedly rose in the ranks to become a key player in its activities, which allegedly included branding its members and finding sex slaves for Raniere.

This was some seriously depraved group. My guess is she flipped on Ranier as much as she could, but copping a plea to racketeering is no minor traffic ticket. Expect this one to do quite a bit of hard time in real jail. Sad. What a waste.

I don’t know if the comments at this story are just evil lies, or if they have some factual basis, but quite a number of them mention how several nationally prominent Democrats or their parents have been involved in this group. Yikes.

Crivens, it’s true. OMFG.

Court documents revealed this week confirmed that the father of 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand once worked as a lobbyist for a secretive sex cult, but left after the upstate New York group sued him, according to a report.

The documents backed up previous accounts that the New York Democrat’s father, Doug Rutnik, worked for Albany-based Nxivm for four months in 2004 at a rate of $25,000 per month, Big League Politics reported.

Rutnik was sued when he attempted to distance himself from the group before reaching a settlement.

“Her father Doug Rutnik came to work as a consultant for NXIVM. ... He was fired, they sued him, and they had to pay him $100,000,” former NXIVM employee Frank Parlato told Big League Politics. “Her father’s wife, her stepmother, was also a member of NXIVM. ... Doug got her into the cult, Gillibrand’s father got Gillibrand’s future stepmother into the cult. Doug left the cult because he was sued. Clare Bronfman, after her father was sued, donated money to Gillibrand. Gillibrand accepted it.”

Um, why would a sex cult ever even need a lobbyist, and what did this guy do for them that was worth 100 grand for 4 months effort?


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Take A Selfie, Get Executed

New Law In Thailand Makes It A Capital Offense To Take Pictures On This One Beach By Phuckit Airport

Picture-obsessed tourists visiting Thailand’s Mai Khao beach might want to put their phones down — or they stand to face the death penalty.

Authorities are cracking down on visitors to the beach, which borders one of the country’s busiest airports, Phuket International Airport, after it has become popular with tourists looking to take snaps with low-flying planes.

The portion of the beach near the airport’s runway has become known as “Unseen Phuket,” and tourists flock to the section to pose with the landing planes.

According to the Bangkok Post, authorities have become more concerned as the beach has grown in popularity and is developing a new safety zone near the runway that will ban people from entering. Authorities fear the influx of people on the beach could pose as a distraction for pilots.

Airport chief Wichit Kaeothaithiam told the Bangkok Post that stricter regulations must be applied as required by the International Civil Aviation Organization and violators must be subject to punishments under the Air Navigation Act.

Violators allegedly will face harsh punishments, such as a fine of 40,000 baht ($1,253) or a jail sentence of up to 20 years, The Sun reported.

“The maximum penalty is the death sentence,” he shared with the Bangkok Post.

Does anyone know how to say “Just build a damn wall” in Siamese?

Notice that no beach visitors have yet been killed or injured by the low flying planes, nor have there been any plane crashes or reports of actual pilot distraction. Welcome to Not-The-USA-At-All.


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Places I will never eat at: Waffle House, White Castle, Golden Corral. And all for the same reason.

Drugged Out Naked Murderess With A Gun Captured At Waffle House

A woman sought by authorities in Tennessee in connection with a 2017 murder was taken into custody early Saturday—armed and wearing just her birthday suit, according to police.

Authorities were called to a Waffle House in south Nashville near Interstate 24 after receiving a report of a naked man and woman with a weapon inside the restaurant.

Staff and customers were evacuated due to feeling threatened as the woman, later identified as 19-year-old Montessa Tate-Thornton, waved the gun around and acted erratically, according to an arrest affidavit obtained by FOX17.

Officers arriving at the restaurant found Tate-Thornton wearing no clothes and “screaming, sweating excessively and making incoherent statements,” WKRN reported.

Cell phone video captured two Waffle House employees fighting each other at the South Carolina fast-food chain. Blood is drawn, knives are wielded, and a window is shattered as diners go about eating their meals.

The 19-year-old reportedly admitted to police she had used marijuana and cocaine.

Tate-Thornton had an outstanding warrant for 1st-degree murder and aggravated robbery in connection with the death of a 23-year-old man in December 2017, according to FOX17.

Police took the 18-year-old into custody without incident. Besides the charges linked to the outstanding warrant, Tate-Thornton was also charged with possession of a weapon while under the influence, public indecency, being a felon in possession of a weapon and public intoxication.

The other naked suspect at the restaurant was identified as 34-year-old Larico Nixon, who was also arrested and charged with public indecency, public intoxication and being a felon in possession of a weapon, officials said.

It’s a good thing they don’t serve McNuggets at Waffle House. All kinds of Hell could’ve broken out if they’d run out.

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Oh good, another thing to be paranoid about

Deadly Fungus Taking Over The World

And it’s a bitch to kill too

Last May, an elderly man was admitted to the Brooklyn branch of Mount Sinai Hospital for abdominal surgery. A blood test revealed that he was infected with a newly discovered germ as deadly as it was mysterious. Doctors swiftly isolated him in the intensive care unit.

The germ, a fungus called Candida auris, preys on people with weakened immune systems, and it is quietly spreading across the globe. Over the last five years, it has hit a neonatal unit in Venezuela, swept through a hospital in Spain, forced a prestigious British medical center to shut down its intensive care unit, and taken root in India, Pakistan and South Africa.

Recently C. auris reached New York, New Jersey and Illinois, leading the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to add it to a list of germs deemed “urgent threats.”

The man at Mount Sinai died after 90 days in the hospital, but C. auris did not. Tests showed it was everywhere in his room, so invasive that the hospital needed special cleaning equipment and had to rip out some of the ceiling and floor tiles to eradicate it.

“Everything was positive — the walls, the bed, the doors, the curtains, the phones, the sink, the whiteboard, the poles, the pump,” said Dr. Scott Lorin, the hospital’s president. “The mattress, the bed rails, the canister holes, the window shades, the ceiling, everything in the room was positive.”

C. auris is so tenacious, in part, because it is impervious to major antifungal medications

Candida Auris - ear fungus. Eww. And you can’t kill it completely with dual quats, which are some of the most effective disinfectants out there. I swear by the D-128 stuff I use; it’s operating room disinfectant and so strong it will take the stink out of poop. It kills everything. EVERYTHING. But not this.

Candida auris is a globally emerging pathogen that is often resistant to multiple antifungal agents. In several reports, C. auris has been recovered from the hospital environment, suggesting that contaminated surfaces may be a source of transmission.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has therefore recommended daily and postdischarge disinfection of surfaces in rooms of patients with C. auris infection. Moreover, the use of an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)–registered, hospital-grade disinfectant effective against Clostridium difficile spores was specified.  However, nonsporicidal disinfectants are widely used and many have an EPA-registered antifungal claim. No hospital disinfectants are registered for use specifically against C. auris, and it is not known whether C. auris is less susceptible to disinfectants than other Candida species.

https://www.cdc.gov/fungal/candida-auris/c-auris-infection-control.html
https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2018-01/documents/2018.10.01.listk_.pdf

The good news is that there are two commonly available products that will kill this fungus on surfaces. One made by Lysol, one made by Clorox. Both use sodium hypoclorite (what we call bleach), which is highly effective on mold, mildew, and fungus. The Lysol product has more of the sodium hypoclorite in it, but it is corrosive on metals. These are products you use with gloves, googles, and a face mask, with the windows open and the fan on. Nasty stuff, but they work.  Notice that the Lysol sells two products with the same EPA registration number. This means it’s really the same stuff in two different bottles.

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Sani-Cloth wipes will knock this fungus back quite a bit, but they aren’t 100% effective. Better than nothing though! Like D-128, Sani-Cloth uses a dual quat recipe, two kinds of dimethyl benzyl ammonium chloride disinfectant.

Phenol based disinfectants (classic Lysol in the brown glass bottle) and hydrogen peroxide are not strongly effective unless they get an extended contact time ( a 1 hour soak ).

https://www.cdc.gov/infectioncontrol/guidelines/disinfection/disinfection-methods/chemical.html
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Draining The Swamp

Dinner For 75

17 Foot 140 Pound Python Captured In Florida

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Officials at a South Florida wildlife preserve say they’ve captured the largest python ever found in the park. Officials discovered the female python, more than 17 feet long and weighing 140 pounds, on Friday in Big Cypress National Preserve.

The python had 73 developing eggs.

Wildlife managers were using male pythons attached with radio transmitters to track down breeding females as they work to remove these invasive snakes.

Big Cypress National Preserve says on its Facebook page that one of the males was nearby the massive female.

As CBSN reported last year, captive Burmese pythons let loose by Hurricane Andrew’s destruction 27 years ago have flourished in the southern Florida ecosystem, decimating local species in the process.

And now there are signs this stubbornly invasive species may be poised to make its way beyond the state’s borders.

That looks like enough snake to make python curry to feed at least 75 people. And half a dozen pairs of fancy boots.

Hey, it’s Florida, so you could always fry it up with some okra. Yum!!

[ Sadly, Everglades Pizza is no longer available. ]


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04/07/19

third try blonde?


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The “girl with 100 names” has gone from red to brown to nearly blonde. WTH, it all works for me!


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04/06/19

Bowling blogging

Pay Attention Or Be Damned

We lost the match last night, 5-2, because we lost the 3rd game by 6 pins. We lost the 3rd game because of a strange situation that necessitated a decision that we were not party to that went against us. No sour grapes on my part, but a bit of confusion and disappointment.

2 teams of 4 people. 8 sets of eyes. Nobody was watching? Bowler throws the ball, turns around and walks away without bothering to see what happened. Pin camera records a 7. When somebody did again pay attention, there was a new set of pins on the deck, and the system was showing that this was the bowler’s 2nd ball. What what what???

Member of the other team goes alone to the front desk for help. They decide it must have been a “delayed pinfall” and change the score to indicate a strike. On her next turn, bowler again throws a 7, but nothing odd happens, and she makes the spare.

The pinsetter is not perfect. It works properly most of the time, but sometimes it does the wrong thing. For a league of 12 teams, it is common to have 3 or 4 manual resets of the pins in a night. Sometimes more than a dozen resets are necessary.

People should pay attention, especially the active bowler. Usually they do, but not this time. No rule exists, or can exist, requiring anyone or everyone to watch what goes on.

There are rules about legal and illegal pinfall. When you bowl, you roll the ball at the pins. When the ball gets down to the other end of the lane, whether it hits any pins or not, once it gets past the pin deck it falls in the pit, and this activates the sweep bar, which comes down in front of the pins. By the rules, the pins are still active for scoring at this moment. The action only stops when the pinsetter head descends and contacts any of the standing pins, which it lifts up so that the system can sweep the deck and cycle. Sometimes pins get hit, don’t immediately fall, but move around a bit. Sometimes they get displaced enough so that the pinsetter can’t pick them up, and thus they get knocked over. That’s when you need a manual reset.

Sometimes you can throw a poor shot, hit a few pins, and those pins will fall and knock other pins down, which will fall and knock other pins down. Sometimes this chain reaction will knock all the pins down. I call that a domino strike. It’s a wild and exhilarating thing to see, and is exceedingly rare. But it happens. You see a delayed pinfall of just 1 pin far more often. You see a delayed pinfall of 1 pin falling and knocking down another pin rarely. A domino strike where half a dozen pins slowly fall into each other might happen once or twice in an entire league season.

At the very least the captains of both teams should have gone to the front desk to discuss the situation. I’m captain of my team this year, so this is partially my fault. There are no official rules about a do-over, but I’m not certain that there are any official rules that say a do-over can’t be done. No “tie goes to the runner” rule exists in bowling, so there is nothing about any benefit of the doubt. Delayed pinfalls do happen. Domino strikes do happen. And the pinsetter makes mistakes every day.

Weird. Was the decision arbitrary and capricious, or just lazy, or perhaps biased, or a judgment based on vast experience of how things usually happen? Sadly, it is not impossible for teams to pretend to have seen nothing, to play the situation to their advantage. Especially as the finals start in 2 weeks. But still weird.

Funny how a guy on the other team got all cranky at us when we expressed confusion at the decision made. But it was made, so we tried to let it go and moved on. To make light of all of it, especially the not paying attention part, I called out “I saw it” for the next several frames everyone bowled. Our opponents didn’t see the humor there. Maybe they had something to hide.


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04/05/19

Damn this Global Warming. The weather report says it’s going to snow this morning. Not long, and not much, but still. White bits falling from the sky. No no no no no. Go away. Stay away.


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OMG what an idiot.


Your Daily Stupid from AoC



Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) claimed in a video posted to her Instagram account Wednesday that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials are “injecting kids with drugs” based on their “national origin.”

“At least I’m not trying to cage children at the border and inject them with drugs. That’s not a mistake, that’s just hatred,” Ocasio-Cortez said in the video posted Wednesday.

Ocasio-Cortez claims without evidence that CBP officials are “deliberately” trying to “cage children and inject them with drugs” because “of their national origin” pic.twitter.com/ZEwu7AvCv3

— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) April 4, 2019

The self-described Democratic socialist has a history of making other derogatory remarks about federal immigration officials.

In January 2019, Ocasio-Cortez did an interview with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow in which she trashed ICE agents as “human rights violators.”

The New York Democrat has made several comments supporting illegal aliens on multiple occasions.

At a House Oversight and Government Reform committee meeting in March, she said that the illegal aliens who lived in her district were her “constituents.”

Ocasio-Cortez suggested in January 2019 that illegal alien border crossers are “more American” than supporters of President Donald Trump, and she also mentioned in July 2018 that all border crossers and illegal aliens should enter the United States.

No you fool. If any illegals are getting injections, it’s either to A) cure whatever horrible disease they came here with, like TB, and/or B) to inoculate them so that they don’t catch or spread other illnesses, which we’ve seen quite a bit of lately, and for several years in immigrant communities.

But no, it’s all done out of hatred. If there was so much hatred, why not just shoot them? Bullets cost a whole lot less than drugs, and WTF, them there furrinners ain’t really human after all, right?

What an ass she is.


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03/27/19

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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 04/23/2019 at 05:41 AM    avatar
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calendar   Friday - August 26, 2016

fair use

Once in a while having a clearer understanding of the Fair Use Doctrine can come in handy.



What it is: LINK 1



Here’s a checklist: LINK 2



Here’s a nice graphical flowchart: LINK 3


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Remember, at BMEWS it is always our intent to educate our readers in a non-profit manner.





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calendar   Thursday - August 25, 2016

Finishing Strong

We mopped the floor with our opponents last night, taking all 3 games and a total margin of over 100 pins. They were 2 points ahead of us in the standings, but 6 down from the team ahead of them, so our 7-0 win gave us their slot in the standings but wasn’t enough to bridge the points gap into the top 4. So we finished in 5th, and were rewarded a kingly $40 per person. Sweet. Yup, another 3 weeks and we would have been knocking on 1st place. Still, considering we were dead last by 4 points just 7 weeks ago, I think we came back real strong.

I’ve got a couple of new balls on order; the alley’s summer time discount of 40% off created a better price including drilling than any of the online shops would sell me the same balls for without drilling. Sweet.

Winter league starts in 2 weeks. I’m just going to put those balls aside for a little while, not even have them drilled, until I get my release a bit more squared away. I’ve got to my axis tilt and rotation more where they ought to be. Seems like I can either rev the ball up and throw it straight, or rip threw it on the release and get a totally horizontal axis - ie a spinner. Both can make strikes, but neither will hook much at all, so I’m never going to get the kind of entry angle that a big hook shot gives. And that means consistent strikes with a big safety margin. That’s not me. Not yet.





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back to school

First day of school today in our county.

Two new kids on the high school bus early in the morning. Neither was on the grade school bus last year, so they either moved here over the summer or else they escaped from parochial schools and are now experiencing public education for the first time. Woo hoo.

An entire zoo full of little squeakers on the grade school bus. I counted 20 but I don’t think all the kids made it in this morning. And it was helicopter parent time. Oh boy, both mommy and daddy showed up to put junior on the bus, and they got there early with babies in tow to give themselves lots of time to record this momentous event. Even the grandparents were there for a couple of the kids. So in a matter of minutes, I went from total isolation to being ring master for a crowd of almost 70 people. And then, once the individual pictures were taken, the group pictures were taken, the parents only pictures for Facebook were taken, the littlest army filled up half a school bus ("Oh look, how cute! She’s reaching up to take that big first step onto the bus. Get her picture, get her picture!!"), and away they went. An exodus of SUVs and minivans ensued, of size and speed that would make Peiper’s UK Travelers proud. And then it was lonely silence again.

Looks like it’s going to be a good day to paint garages. Now until frost actually.





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calendar   Wednesday - August 24, 2016

And now for something completely different..

At Haymarket Park: Trump by a Bobblehead

It was the battle of the bobbleheads.

Five hundred plastic, blue-pantsuit-wearing Hillary Clintons stood on tables across from 500 “Make America Great Again” red hat-wearing Donald Trumps—a stare down, but with plastered smiles on their bobblehead faces. Tuesday night marked the third Bobble Election at Haymarket Park, held in honor of the upcoming presidential election.

Saltdogs’ fans cast their votes by choosing a free bobblehead before settling down for a game. Whichever of the 500 bobbleheads ran out first was the winner.

Charlie Meyer, president and general manager of the Lincoln Saltdogs, said the poll wasn’t about politically dividing baseball fans but having fun and satisfying curiosity: Will Trump or Clinton be the last man or woman standing?

“It’s been a heated race, and I think it will get much more heated once we get closer to November,” Meyer said. “But this is a fun deal.”

Besides entertainment, Meyer said they hoped to raise awareness by reminding people who haven’t registered to vote to go do so.

It’s 6am, home after a long day (night? Gotta love 3rd shift) at work, and I miiiiiight have made that bourbon & Coke a little stronger than anticipated (Wild Turkey 101, was finishing off the bottle)
This story made me smile. 





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calendar   Saturday - August 20, 2016

Rule 34 Is For Real

Rule 34 is the internet rule that says that some kind of porn exists for everything. Shoes, puppies, blueprints, Swiss cheese, rare books, anything. And if porn doesn’t exist for it, the mere mention that such is the case will cause porn to be created for it.

After making my previous bridge post, I stared at my work and eventually realized there was a girl in the picture. Hiding half the truss, thanks. Fine. If that’s how the game is played, let’s go. I knew of one picture right off the top of my head. I even knew the model’s name. So to the search engines, and I plug in “Ariel bridge”

and what comes back is ...


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Not what I expected, but both awesome and abhorrent in its own right.

Awesome, because what you’re looking at is a bowstring truss bridge, made from both wrought and cast iron (like I just wrote about) and utilizing our old friend the Phoenix Column. This means the bridge is older than I beams, but younger than the Civil War (because after the war the Phoenix Iron Company turned swords into plowshares almost literally and used their cannon building technology to make rigid braced hollow tubing that could be easily assembled on site; ie the Phoenix Column). And this particular bridge is given superb coverage by my fellow bridge hunter Nathan Holth. Awesomer, because it’s a “WIBCO”; a bridge made by the prolific Wrought Iron Bridge Company of Canton, Ohio. The bridge now lives in a park in Mt. Vernon Ohio, so maybe our friend Turtler can go and visit. Google found it for me because the bridge is funded by the Ariel Foundation. Figures, right?

Abhorrent because the bowstring truss is very strong, so it was a total diss to just nail the thing to the side of a walkway - not even a bridge, just a wooden path with railings on pilings!!! - to make it look like a bridge. This little arch could support a steam locomotive, even though it’s 140 years old. Also abhorr - ok, not really abhorrent, just a bit embarrassing, because the pictures I was looking for all came back in the search too; every one of them already stored in the back room here at this blog. Oh the photos are out there galore; I’m just the only one who renamed them to name the subjects.

Here’s what I was looking for ... mildly NSFW, plus a few others similar, because this is a Rule 34 post after all.





That’s Ariel, she’s on a bridge, and the picture is bloody huge if you save it.

Hey, you knew there’d be redheads involved. They’re always trying to pop up everywhere here.
Ok, a few others, mostly “artistic”. Go find the hardcore ones yourself.

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Huh, look at that. A little pop-up window. Thought they were all disabled. Wonder what happens if I click on it?

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Hey, hey, what’s happening here? I’m losing control of my PC!! Windows opening everywhere!!

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Now wait just a goldarn minute here! There ain’t no bridge in that last pic! (assistant whispers in ear, bringing Drew up to date) Oh, it’s called a bridge? Fine. But enough.

Rule 34: give them an inch, and they’ll try and sell you some cream to make it 9 inches.


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full countered Pratt pony

Yes, it’s finally time for another bridge post.


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Counters are the diagonal members running in the opposite direction. They help manage shear stress. By using the full set of counters you get a bridge made of “X"s, which is very good at supporting transitional loads ... like when a locomotive drives up one end of the span, across it, and off the other end. This is also the very best reason to use forged steel components, because steel can handle switching from tension to compression, which wood and iron can’t. Wood is always weak in tension, cast iron is weak in tension, and forged iron is weak in compression.

Too cute ... the model’s name is Bailey. Like the Bailey bridge? Maybe she has a sister named Bridge-ette.

Woo hoo!





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borderline blues

Buddy Guy blurs the line between rock and the blues. Who cares what you call it? This is dance music, even if you can’t dance. Happy happy happy. Get up and move your big ass ‘round, even if you don’t have one of those either.

I’ve got the CD, which is exceptionally well recorded. Crank up the volume just a bit and it’s like you’re right there.






Just in case you don’t like the blues - there’s got to be one of you, somewhere, right? - check below the fold for a bit of bouncy funk that will also get you up, get you happy, and get you moving. Brought to you by the Lovetone Meatball, or so I’ve been told.





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under the knife

That does it. The cat is going to get fixed. I can not take it any more.

Dizzy the cat, the mostly blind one, is in heat. Again. Every 4 god damn weeks, I swear. And she’s a very talkative cat to begin with. Which means now I’ve got Opera Cat, doing her full-throated arias all over the house. All day, all night. For days.

Would. You. Please. Shut. The. Flying. Fuck. Up!!!

It doesn’t matter how much she gets petted, or rubbed, or brushed, or played with, or snuggled, or fed. Or anything. A minute later and she’s at it again. 3 in the morning and she jumps up on the bed and starts howling.

Lucky for her she really isn’t trying to get out of the house. Because I might just be too tempted to let her. But more kittens is the last thing we need around here.





Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/20/2016 at 10:09 AM    avatar
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calendar   Friday - August 19, 2016

thanko yu for not sweating

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Only in Japan!! Or by mail order!!! $42 at Japan Trend Shop

h/t to Stoaty the Weasel





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bazinga!

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calendar   Thursday - August 18, 2016

Almost Made It

We took 5 last night, going 5-2 against the first place team. Not quite enough to knock them off their throne, but enough to give it a big wobble and leave them vulnerable in the finals next week.

I got to play hero twice, putting myself totally in the zone the last few frames of each game to try and pull out a win. That worked in the first game, where I just fixated on the 2nd arrow and threw 9/ X XXX to finish and put 80 on the board for a fat margin win. Tried as hard as I could in Game 2, rolling X X XX9 to add 89 to our score; not enough for a win, but enough so that we lost small, by only 12 pins or so. It wasn’t really necessary in Game 3 because we were well ahead anyway, but I still did X XX9 just for gits and shiggles. I ended the night with a 557 series, which is about where my bowling ought to be.

Next week ... position round, and the parsing of the money. Money honey, woo hoo. Yeah, like $5 each. Ain’t no money in summer league honey.





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calendar   Wednesday - August 17, 2016

Leaving Home

On the off chance anybody checks out the Left Coast and can’t escape in time to eat their meals elsewhere, I know a number of good suggestions I might list if people are interested.

Well, I know it’s been a while since you’ve heard from me, but now I have an announcement to make. And while I have been drafting posts about both the Iran Ransom and the Olympics (and how politics and cheating go hand in hand), but the big news I have to give is closer to home.

I am still committed to this blog and the Great Cause of our time, but tomorrow- possibly today for you- on August 17th I will be moving halfway across the country. I don’t make it a secret that while I am a man of the right, I have also been a Californian born and raised. And what’s more, someone that has lived on the dread, died-in-the-wool-left Coast itself. My parents came from the Middle of the country decades ago to live here, and I have lived here in this house my entire life.

Now I am doubling back on the path tread by them, the “Okies”, and the Miner 49ers and moving to Ohio. I have my misgivings about My Grandmother is getting on in years and could use our help, and above all the costs of uprooting from the home of 20~ years and moving halfway across the country to a place I scarcely know are less than the costs of staying. Taxes are high, a criminally insane water policy has all but insured drought will strike again, the “law” tried to abolish concealed carry, and I still remember the times when Bernie’s Brownshirts attacked a Trump Rally down the street while two married Jihadists slaughtered a Christmas Party.

This would be the chance where the jokes about the Far Left Coast would come up. But in all due honesty… I feel they’re mostly out of place for me personally. I am NOT blind to California’s innumerable flaws, chief among them the dual facts that it seems committed to being re-annexed by Mexican drug cartels and the fact that it has helped elect every Leftist president we have been cursed with. But the California I knew was generally good to me on the whole. Even with a hideously corrupt school system and government. The neighborhoods were good, The food’s delicious (especially if you know where to look), the climate’s generally above par (though anybody who thinks it shines all the time has never shivered in 30 degree F weather in the middle of Fall of in Santa Clara). And perhaps most surprisingly… almost everybody I have met- and I mean almost everybody- from school on was friendly or neutral. And hard as it may seem, many people know about my political and philosophical beliefs- including in school- and were accepting of it, sans a few individuals (two or three of whom I am proud to say I helped fire).

So on some level I think a part of me will always belong to here, even long after I leave. It is the land of my childhood and nothing I can do will change that. And I suppose I can see why many people might be drawn in by the warm, fuzzy glow of a Leftist, progressive utopia. After all, my life has largely been a demonstration of its’ better sides (to the extent that oxymoron exists).

But even then the underlying rot crept up from the cracks. That was all too obvious from when one of my (married) math Co-Teachers was arrested and dragged off for shagging a student, probably with the knowledge of the Principal.  Even though his wife also worked on the very campus. But more damning was the bitter, encrusted corruption that lies at the top of the school districts and how my parents had to use their legal skill and positions in the PTA to fight a years long, savage battle with a system run by people who will screw over their students- including the disabled- in order to serve themselves. The fact that I was framed for defusing a situation with a history professor blocking the door and physically threatening me was probably the nadir of it. And I think it mirrors the dozens of ways=- from water infrastructure to sanctuary cities to drugs to forest ires- that this dream fails. How it crumbles when even a handful of people with black hearts, greedy natures, avarice, or simple incompetence get high enough on the food chain, and how no amount of resources, Godly mercy, or well intentioned people are around.

I was just one of the ones lucky or blessed enough to not suffer the full consequences. The brilliant VDH has made a long, long series of posts that show a fuller story. It’s well worth reading, just in case you thought you knew everything about Leftist Lunacy.


So, what next for me? I don’t know. But regardless of what happens I do know I can look forward to one thing. Ohio’s a swing state, and we’re moving in time for voter re-registration for the General Election. Which means for whatever I’ve given up, I will have the chance to do something I really never have done before. Cast a vote in the General Election that might make a non-trivial difference. And ultimately, why else was America founded?

In any event, I look forward to getting back in the swing of things.





Posted by Turtler   United States  on 08/17/2016 at 06:14 AM   
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calendar   Tuesday - August 16, 2016

Bigger Red Is Extra Green

Well duh, of course having Americans building, owning, maintaining, and crewing the ships that go from one US port to another raises the price of goods a tiny bit. If we had a bunch of beaner boats crewed by Mongolians, Greeks, and Filipinos like most international shipping, the wages would be even more pathetic and the ships run down to rusty hulks. And it would even easier to sneak in spies, terrorists, and Democrat Commie agitators. I’m not usually a fan of protectionist legislation like the sugar subsidy, but I think I’m in favor of this one.  HOWEVER I can see modifying it a bit to keep it modern: it should not apply to American territories, protectorates, or states that are islands and more than 25 miles out to sea, or to coastal states that are not contiguous or adjacent to other states or territories by more than 50 miles.  In other words, create a loophole for Alaska, Hawaii, Guam, American Somoa, USVI, and Puerto Rico.

Such an act: Keeping up with the Jones

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Hey, this one’s only red on top and on the bottom. Wait, um, never mind.  red face




Crowley Maritime Corp. took delivery Friday of MT West Virginia, the fourth new Jones Act product tanker built for the company by Philly Shipyard, Inc. (PSI). Crowley will christen the West Virginia on Tuesday at a ceremony at Philly Shipyard.

The LNG-ready West Virginia can be converted for propulsion by liquefied natural gas (LNG), joining sister ships Louisiana, Ohio and Texas, which were received by Crowley in 2015 and 2016 as the first-ever tankers to receive the American Bureau of Shipping’s (ABS) LNG-Ready Level 1 approval.

Like its sister ships, West Virginia is 50,000 dead-weight-tons (dwt) and capable of carrying 330,000 barrels of product. The new tankers are based on a Hyundai Mipo Dockyards (HMD) design that incorporates numerous fuel efficiency features, flexible cargo capability and the latest regulatory requirements. The

vessel is 600 feet long and is capable of carrying crude oil or refined petroleum products, as well as various chemical cargoes. Marathon Petroleum Corporation is the charterer.

If converted to run on LNG, then this ship would have practically no carbon footprint. Well, “no footprint” relative to 600’ cargo ships of 50Kdwt. But aside from a sailboat, that’s as clean and green as it gets.

The Jones Act is a 1920 bit of protectionist legislation properly called The Merchant Marine Act of 1920 that says “keep American shipping American”, from the beginning to the end. It’s all about “cabotage”, a most excellent and rare word, that means the exact opposite of “NIMBY”. It’s total “IMBY”: it wouldn’t surprise me to learn that there’s a paragraph in there requiring the steel used has to be mined and refined here, and any wood grown and worked within our borders. Jones Act, Fuck Yeah!

cabotage:  a requirement that all goods transported by water between U.S. ports be carried on U.S.-flag ships, constructed in the United States, owned by U.S. citizens, and crewed by U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents.

Super Patriot John McCain tried to nullify the Jones Act in 2015.

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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/16/2016 at 05:13 PM    avatar
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Big Red

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Ain’t she a beauty? That’s a Lockheed 5B Vega from 1928. This the 22nd model 5B Vega built, and it became an unique variant when the wasp B engine was replaced with a 420hp supercharged Wasp C engine of 22 liters displacement (1343 cu in). At the same time the engine was replaced, many of the 7 passenger seats were removed to make room for a nice big gas tank that held 420 gallons. It was in this flying barrel of petrol that Amelia Earhart set off to become the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic on May 20, 1932. She mostly made it; her intended destination was Paris, but Ireland made a great place to land when things started going wrong ...

Her plan was to fly all the way to Paris, but after her altimeter had failed, encountering adverse weather, including heavy icing and fog, a fuel leak, and a damaged exhaust manifold, Earhart landed in a field at Culmore, North Ireland. The distance flown was 2,026 miles (3,260.5 kilometers). Her elapsed time was 14 hours, 56 minutes.

A lone, astonished farmer saw her land.

Amelia cut the switches, climbed out of the plane, and, as the man approached the plane, called out, “Where am I?”

Danny McCallion replied obligingly and with excruciating accuracy. “In Gallegher’s pasture.”



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Later that year, Earhart flew the Vega to another record. On August 24-25, she made the first solo, nonstop flight by a woman across the United States, from Los Angeles to Newark, New Jersey. The flight covered a distance of 2,447 miles and lasted about 19 hours.

The aircraft now resides in the National Air and Space Museum. Right click the pictures here for much larger versions.





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rats

Dang, nobody posted nothing today.

Hey, we won 5-2 at bowling last week. And Wednesday is our last day of competition; the finals are next week. We’re up against the 1st place team, and if we stomp them they’ll drop like a rock. We’ll never take the lead, but at least we can trash their dreams and enjoy the schadenfreude. Nasty? No, not really. They really aren’t very good bowlers. They’re in the lead because they get such a huge handicap from everyone. If we can get our duckies in a row again we can drop kick them right off the lanes.

Weather for Wednesday night will be cooler and drier. Still warm but not the rain forest kind of swelter we’ve been having. Which is actually typical NJ summer time. Steam bath. Hmm. So maybe that will mean the lane oil will be a bit tackier, and break a little early for a change? An active back end? Cool. That’s just what we want.





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